Someday, that weekly trip to the gas station will be a thing of the past for more drivers. That’s because electric cars will be much more commonplace. We’re not talking about gas-electric hybrids like the Toyota Prius or the Chevy Volt that runs on electric power for 50 miles or so before the gasoline-powered range extender kicks in.
This is about the all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. That’s Bolt with a B. No relation to the Volt other than the gold bowtie logo. The Bolt is a game-changer in that it democratizes the technology of the future. Until now, most electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Kia Soul EV and Ford Focus Electric offered very limited range—generally less than 100 miles. Only the premium luxury-priced Tesla Model S and Model X have a range remotely comparable to that of an average gas-powered car.
At an MSRP of $36,620, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is the first non-luxury vehicle to offer a single-charge driving range exceeding 200 miles. Add in a $7500 tax credit and the Bolt LT’s tariff drops below $30,000. An upgraded Bolt Premier with leather starts at $40,905 before tax credits.